College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

  Harry Thorne,
  WAC Coordinator
  Office: Building 2S Rm 227
  Email WAC

Writing Across the Curriculum/
Writing in the Disciplines
for Students

 Know that your work shouldn’t be perfect
 from the start.

It really is ok if your work isn’t mind-blowingly awesome from the first word you put on the page. In fact, lots of people realize that their first few paragraphs are pretty junky and will probably get deleted. Your writing shouldn’t be good at first—revising and proofreading make writing good, so don’t stare at your screen until the amazing stuff comes out.

When your professors publish articles and books, they usually have to have anonymous readers review their drafts and tell them where they’re making mistakes. One author, Anne Lamott, talks about writing “$h!77y first drafts” that get the writing process started.

Give yourself permission to get writing without judgment so that you have time before turning in your work to do the editing and proofreading.

Next: Talk to someone about the assignment. ->